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The National Human Genome Research Institute conducts genetic and genomic research, funds genetic and genomic research and promotes that research to advance genomics in health care.


Genome: Unlocking Life's Code Exhibit

In the Houston area? Visit our traveling exhibit!

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, our museum exhibit created with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and designed for a cross-country tour, is heading south to Houston! It will visit The Health Museum from June 12-September 11, 2017. The exhibit began its journey in Washington, D.C. and was constructed to be disassembled and transported to museums and science centers across the United States. Traveling on a five-year, multi-city tour, this fascinating exhibit challenges visitors to explore the wonderful world of genome science through high-tech, hands-on learning.


NHGRI study highlights role of mitochondria in immune response

A new study highlights how genomic mutations that cause mitochondrial disease may also compromise affected people's immune response. Basing their research on clinical data from patients with mitochondrial disease, the researchers created a mouse model of mitochondrial disease in T-cells. The mutations resulted in an increased risk of infection and reduced protective immunity after vaccination. The study appeared June 6, 2017, in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Dr. Eric Green

A Proposed Genomic Literacy, Education, and Engagement (GLEE) Initiative

In this month's The Genomics Landscape, NHGRI Director Eric Green details a strategic visioning meeting in March to launch the GLEE Initiative - a national campaign to enhance genomic literacy while keeping pace with the advances in genomics. Also included: The Genomics and Health Disparities Lecture Series welcomes its sixth speaker, Dr. Mark Cullen, from the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences and Dr. Cynthia Tifft receives the National Organization for Rare Disorders 2017 Rare Impact Award.

NHGRI is on Flickr

Genomics Imagery on Flickr!

Looking for genomics or health related images? NHGRI has launched a new image gallery on Flickr, featuring our favorite scientific illustrations, infographics, and photos of our staff. Our new Flickr gallery lets you use our imagery as a resource for work presentations, school projects, news reports or just simply to enjoy. Unless otherwise noted, our images on Flickr are free to use. Just credit our organization and the artist or photographer. Images will be updated weekly. Check back often - and enjoy!

Deana Around Him with her family

Community focus is central to American Indians/Alaska Natives ethics training at NIH

Since 2014, NIH has offered Institutional Review Board (IRB) training to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Dr. Deana Around Him, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and training participant, learned how NIH ensures the welfare of people who participate in biomedical studies and helped improve the IRB training.